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Calcified Splenic artery aneurysm went from 15x15x15 to 19mm in one year is this a cause of alarm or diff drs reading it makes it change.?

Calcified Splenic artery aneurysm went from 15x15x15 to 19mm in one year is this a cause of alarm or diff drs reading it makes it change.?

Depends: There may be some variation in measurements from scan to scan based on CT slice registration and measurement technique. However, and enlarging aneurysm may be at risk of rupture. Suggest consultation with Interventional Radiology

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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How serious is a 9 mm partly calcified splenic artery aneurysm? I have been hurting for some time now and now I sick worrying. What should I do?

How serious is a 9 mm partly calcified splenic artery aneurysm? I have been hurting for some time now and now I sick worrying. What should I do?

How are you feeling?: Splenic artery aneurysms, although more common than other visceral aneurysms, are quite rare. This makes it very difficult to draw conclusions. Pregnancy has been associated with increased incidence of rupture of these anomalies. It sounds like you've had some kind of evaluation and, particularly if you are having symptoms, I would return to your doctor to address the source of your unease. GL!

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A 6 mm calcified splenic artery Aneurysm was found because I went for a cat scan I am worried now and don't know what to do?

A 6 mm calcified splenic artery Aneurysm was found because I went for a cat scan I am worried now and don't know what to do?

Discuss with doctor: CT scans and MRIs done for one purpose often find other things accidentally, and these "incidental findings" are rarely important. 6mm is pretty small, so I doubt that any surgery will be indicated, but you should discuss the finding with the doctor who ordered the initial test. If he is concerned, he might have you talk to a vascular surgeon.

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A 6 mm calcified splenic artery Aneurysm was found because I went to a Dr for back pain and had a cat scan. I have gone to a few vascular drs and th?

A 6 mm calcified splenic artery Aneurysm was found because I went to a Dr for back pain and had a cat scan. I have gone to a few vascular drs and th?

Artery Aneurysm: Splenic artery aneurysms are the most common type of visceral artery aneurysm and usually require treatment to prevent rupture. At your age of 54 yo & the small size of 6 mm, this aneurysm could be followed until it reaches a larger size (20 mm is usually the size where it needs repair). If the docotors think it is causing symptoms, it could be repaired sooner. Stents or embolization can be used.

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Just been diagnosed with a 1.3 x 1.4 CM calcified splenic artery aneurysm plus calcified granulomas throughout the spleen. Thoughts on treatment.

Just been diagnosed with a 1.3 x 1.4 CM calcified splenic artery aneurysm plus calcified granulomas throughout the spleen. Thoughts on treatment.

Spleen: What are your symptoms? Why were the tests done? If those are incidental findings, you may not need any treatment whatsoever.

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What does splenic artery aneurysm measuring 16x15x15 mm seen corresponding to the peripheral calcification in the upper quadrant mean?

What does splenic artery aneurysm measuring 16x15x15 mm seen corresponding to the peripheral calcification in the upper quadrant mean?

Its a: Common "incidental" finding on an abdominal CT or MRI and it means absolutely NOTHING! Hope this helps! Dr Z

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I have a splenic artery aneurysm and report says peripheral calcification in the left upper quadrant what does this mean? Is it a calcified aneurysm?

I have a splenic artery aneurysm and report says peripheral calcification in the left upper quadrant what does this mean? Is it a calcified aneurysm?

Calcified aneurysm: Most likely the aneurysm. You also likely have generalized atherosclerosis. If so discuss with your Dr. How best to stop the rushing and reverse it. Best studies were done at USC. We can do 2nd opinion and look at the CT on a CD together if you like.

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Aneurysms run in family. Do I need to fix this? There is a rim calcified 0.9 cm distal splenic artery aneurysm. There is some diffuse mild dilation of the entire pancreatic duct without definite ampullary mass or calcification.

Aneurysms run in family. Do I need to fix this? There is a rim calcified 0.9 cm distal splenic artery aneurysm. There is some diffuse mild dilation of the entire pancreatic duct without definite ampullary mass or calcification.

Aneurysms: A runs in family. Have splenic one calcified. ANS: many kinds are facial so need more details: brain, aorta, renal artery. Any HBP? I specialize in this so happy to do 2nd opinion. Usually leave splenic ones alone. Do family tree on A and discuss with your team.

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I have a splenic artery aneurysm and its 1.5 CM and it was 1cm in nov. And I been having pain in my left side to my back. Its not calcified. What to do?

I have a splenic artery aneurysm and its 1.5 CM and it was 1cm in nov. And I been having pain in my left side to my back. Its not calcified. What to do?

Get Repair NOW: I would recommend immediate repair. ALL females of reproductive age with splenic artery aneurysms need to have them repaired. And ALL patients with symptomatic or significantly enlarging splenic artery aneurysms also need them repaired. Enlargement of 0.5 cm since Nov is a significant growth for this aneurysm. And the left sided and back pain is very concerning. See vascular surgeon ASAP.

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What is the difference between a splenic artery aneurysm and a calcified splenic artery? Can a calcified one burst?

What is the difference between a splenic artery aneurysm and a calcified splenic artery? Can a calcified one burst?

Yes it can rupture: But less chance than non calcified splenic artery aneurysm. Calcium is deposited on the wall of artery, . Size, progressive increase of are the factors for intervention.

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If a splenic artery aneurysm is calcified does that mean it has been there for a while? And could you have been born with it?

If a splenic artery aneurysm is calcified does that mean it has been there for a while? And could you have been born with it?

No not born with: Splenic artery had potential to rupture, especially in pregnant woman during delivery, also depend on the size, good news calcified ones like your has less chance to rupture than non calcified. Need close observation or it could be coiled safely and avoid potential complication. Speak to your doctor and decide.

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Can a calisfied splenic artery aneurysm shrink on its own or will it only grow? Is there a lifestyle change to get it to shrink?

Can a calisfied splenic artery aneurysm shrink on its own or will it only grow? Is there a lifestyle change to get it to shrink?

Calcification in an: ...aneurysm is consistent with a process that has likely existed for some time. Aneurysm size is pertinent to your question, but what you've described is not likely to shrink with lifestyle change alone.

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I have a calisfied splenic artery aneurysm found by X-ray for other problem is this hereditary that my adult children will have it?

I have a calisfied splenic artery aneurysm found by X-ray for other problem is this hereditary that my adult children will have it?

Not the calcificatio: The risk factors for splenic artery aneurysms are thought to be high "portal vein" pressures (from liver damage) & multiple pregnancies. Neither of these conditions per se is genetic, although many risk factors could have a familial basis (ie, high blood pressure & fertility). If this were hereditary, then your parents, grandparents, uncles/aunts, & siblings would have suffered. If so, then screen

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What can be done for a splenic artery aneurysm?

What can be done for a splenic artery aneurysm?

Many treatments: Common in women who have delivered children. Usually asymptotic and incidentally discovered. Most experts agree that an aneurysm under 2cm in size is of low risk to rupture. However, it is important to characterize the "aneurysm" correctly and be evaluated by a vascular expert. Coil embolization, surgical ligation with splenectomy, or monitoring may be reasonable. Cta imaging would best.

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9mm splenic artery aneurysm is something to worry about?

9mm splenic artery aneurysm is something to worry about?

Possibly: Most splenic artery aneurysms are not at any significant risk of rupture & bleeding until they reach around 20 mm so most vascular surgeons recommend following them annually until they reach that size, then repairing them at that time (most often with embolization or stenting rather than surgery). Occasionally an aneurysm will be symptomatic or grow fast & repair would be needed sooner than 20 mm.

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Is splenic artery aneurysm something we inherit from family?

Is splenic artery aneurysm something we inherit from family?

Probably: Aneurysms of the splenic artery are the 2nd-3rd most common intra-abdominal aneurysms, and most common visceral artery aneurysm. The most common associated risk factors are portal hypertension and multiple pregnancies. Incidence is 4x higher in females than males.

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A splenic artery aneurysm of 19mm or 22mm be fixed or just watched?

Depends: The two sizes stated may have different recommendations - size alone will affect which one may need surgery. Hormonal status (i.e. Pre vs post menopausal) can affect decision as well. Additional characteristics of the aneurysm such as calcifications also might impact determination. For the one less than 2 cm and if asymptomatic, an observational strategy is likely.

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Is a splenic artery aneurysm of 15mm considered a serious condition that should be operated on.?

Is a splenic artery aneurysm of 15mm considered a serious condition that should be operated on.?

Probably not: surgery for incidentally found splenic artery aneurysms is indicated for any that cause symptoms are more than 30 mm in diameter or or are detected in women who are pregnant or of childbearing age because those patients have an increased chance of rupture

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What does redemonstration of a patent splenic artery aneurysm maximum dimension on contrast enhanced images is 19mm mean?

What does redemonstration of a patent splenic artery aneurysm maximum dimension on contrast enhanced images is 19mm mean?

Little bulge: "Redemmonstration" means it's been seen before, hopefully a while back, because that means it's stable and not growing. The aneurysm is a bulge in the artery to your spleen. This can rupture, which is sometimes fatal. 19mm isn't very big, but it's big enough to do something about it. We now have endovascular repair methods, so you wouldn't need surgery. But I recommend you take care of it!

Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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